Suggan Buggan River

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Suggan Buggan
Toonginbooka, Oonginbooka, Berrima Creek[1]
Suggan Buggan River, Suggan Buggan, Victoria.JPG
The Suggan Buggan River at Suggan Buggan
Suggan Buggan River is located in Victoria
Suggan Buggan River
Mouth of the Suggan Buggan River in Victoria
EtymologyAboriginal: bukkan bukkan, meaning "bags made from grass"[2]
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Victorian Alps, East Gippsland
Local government areaShire of East Gippsland
LocalitySuggan Buggan
Physical characteristics
Source confluenceBerrima River and Freestone Creek
 - locationAlpine National Park
 - elevation695 m (2,280 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Snowy River
 - location
Victorian Alps
 - coordinates
37°1′54″S 148°23′15″E / 37.03167°S 148.38750°E / -37.03167; 148.38750Coordinates: 37°1′54″S 148°23′15″E / 37.03167°S 148.38750°E / -37.03167; 148.38750
 - elevation
192 m (630 ft)
Length38 km (24 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
 - leftIngeegoodbee River
 - rightJames Creek, Rocky Plains Creek
National parkAlpine NP

The Suggan Buggan River is a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, located in the Alpine region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Berrima River and the Freestone Creek, the Suggan Buggan River rises in a remote alpine wilderness area within the Alpine National Park, south of the Black-Allan Line that forms part of the state border between New South Wales and Victoria. The river flows generally southeast by south through the locality of Suggan Buggan, joined by the Ingeegoodbee River and two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Snowy River in the Shire of East Gippsland, north of the Snowy River National Park. The river descends 507 metres (1,663 ft) over its 38-kilometre (24 mi) course.[3]

The river is traversed by the Snowy River Road (C608).

Recreational activity[edit]

Bush walks in the area lead to Mount Stradbroke at 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) and Mount Cobberas at 1,836 metres (6,024 ft).

Many parts of the river are inaccessible during winter months.


The river's name is derived from the Aboriginal phrase bukkan bukkan, referring to "bags made from grass".[2]


Aboriginal history[edit]

The traditional custodians of the land surrounding the Suggan Buggan river are the Australian Aboriginal Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero peoples.[4]

European history[edit]

The first run in the district was taken up by William Woodhouse in 1843 who passed it on to Scottish-born Australian pioneer and entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd in 1845. The property was transferred to Edward O'Rourke in 1858 who had travelled south from the Monaro plains with his young family. He stayed for 25 years before moving south to Wulgulmerang, which began its life as another O'Rourke station, and then west to the Omeo station at Benambra. O'Rourke used local Murray pines to build the first permanent home in the area. The O'Rourke's ownership ended in 1902 when the property was sold to John Churchill Rogers.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Suggan Buggan River: 26695". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Suggan Buggan". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Map of Suggan Buggan River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Snowy River National Park". Explore national parks. Parks Victoria. Retrieved 2 January 2014.

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